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  • Article: Jun 6, 2019
    By Dr Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    Concerning your article and accompanying letters on the proposed development off Waggs Road in last week's Chronicle, one thing is not discussed.

    This is the need for new houses and estates to incorporate the latest in environmental features to help counter climate change and improve biodiversity.

  • Article: Jun 6, 2019
    By Dr Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    I'd like to pick up on Matthias Bunte's letter in last week's Chronicle concerning noncar facilities on the Congleton Link Road.

    It is essential that there is ample space for both pedestrians and cyclists along the whole length.

    If the width is adequate, one side should be sufficient and certainly cheaper and less invasive of land than two for the same overall width.

  • Article: May 16, 2019
    By Dr Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    I'm amazed, though perhaps not entirely surprised, that you managed to write your entire editorial on the local election results in last week's Chronicle without once mentioning electoral reform.

    With fi rst past the post, our present system of voting and counting those votes, we get huge majorities on councils that do not refl ect the votes cast with the results that you so clearly portray.

  • Article: May 9, 2019
    By Dr Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    On reading your article on page four in last week's Chronicle, on the excessive cost of hiring a temporary monitoring offi ce, I was struck by its reference to Cheshire East Council's constitution as preventing speedier progress.

    It seemed like the constitution was being used as an excuse for extravagant spending.

  • Article: May 2, 2019
    By Dr Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    While agreeing that a more balanced council would benefi t the people of Congleton, I would like to give a few words of warning about electing Independent councillors.

    At town and parish level Independent councillors, assuming they put themselves forward for the right reasons, will do the council good.

  • Article: Apr 25, 2019
    By Dr Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    The central thrust of your editorial in last week's Chronicle seems to be that we should all support a soft Brexit because of the referendum result in 2016.

    There are a few things wrong with that, though I agree with much of what you write.

    The most important is the premise that because the vote was for leaving the EU and we live in a democracy we should all abide with the result.

  • Article: Apr 18, 2019
    By Dr Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    Regarding Sylvia Dyke's letter and your response in last week's Chronicle, she asks "What is democracy?"

    There are two main forms of democracy that distinguish themselves from other forms of government, such as dictatorship or totalitarianism. They are representative and direct democracy, although many are a combination with elements of the third and fourth.

  • Article: Apr 11, 2019
    By Dr Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    Regarding our MP Fiona Bruce's responses to your 10 questions on Brexit in last week's Chronicle I wish to share some comments with your readers.

    The main one is around the whole concept of referenda, especially on constitutional issues such as the one we held in 2016.

    Without a defi ned process, politicians were able to decide on the when, what and why's to suit themselves without any framework to guide them.

  • Article: Apr 4, 2019
    By Dr Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    Concerning your front-page article of last week's Chronicle detailing the serial nonpayment of business rates from a town centre site and the effect on Cheshire East's fi nances, there is another side to this story.

    While these payments play an increasingly important part of a council's income, it is also a constant drain on small businesses, especially those working to tight margins.

  • Article: Mar 28, 2019
    By Dr Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    I would like to respond to the article in last week's Chronicle in which you report Paul Nuttall's (MEP) thoughts on the Brexit process.

    While I agree with him that it has been a shambles, as approached by Theresa May and her government, I don't agree with his conclusions.

    We live in a representative democracy and our MPs rather belatedly are doing their best to decide what is in the country's interests.